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Author Notes: Each time we go to our favorite Lebanese restaurant, my husband orders the fatteh blameh or seriously considers doing so. He loves the yogurt sauce that's spread over the stew as well as the pluck that sprinkled-on pomegranate arils provides. I don't eat lamb but do love a good yogurt sauce spread over pretty much anything. At the market recently, I saw a perfect delicata squash, so pretty it made me forget how irritating I find peeling and slicing them. Under this amnesiac draw, I bought it and then felt obligated to use it. All in all, this dish came about based on those influences as well as a real love of pomegranate molasses and caramelized shallots. —em-i-lis
For the roasted squash
- 1.5 pounds Delicata squash
- 3 strips bacon
- 2 ounces shallot, slivered
- 1/2 teaspoon salt + more for sprinkling on squash
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350. Prepare the squash by peeling, slicing into rings and seeding, and then sprinkle each ring generously with salt.
- In a 12" skillet with a lid, set over medium-high heat, fry your bacon until it's cooked. Remove to a paper-lined plate with a slotted spoon, and pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings. When the bacon is cool, crumble it and reserve.
- Return the skillet with the drippings to medium heat, and then add the slivered shallots, 1/2 teaspoon salt and dash of cinnamon. Stir and cook for a few minutes until the shallots have softened. Add the white wine, stir, and after a minute or so, add the chicken broth and squash rings. Grind fresh pepper over everything. Cover the skillet and put into oven for twenty minutes. Go make your yogurt sauce.
For the yogurt sauce and finishing the squash
- 1 5.3 oz container Greek yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon well-stirred tahini
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses, divided
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
- 1-2 scallions, coarsely chopped
- In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, tahini, salt, 2 teaspoons of pom molasses and the cinnamon. Set aside to let the flavors come together a bit.
- When the squash has cooked for 20 minutes, carefully remove the skillet from the oven, remove the lid, and stir in the remaining tablespoon of pomegranate molasses. Return the skillet (without the lid) to the oven and cook another five minutes, or until your squash is easily pierced with a knife.
- Using a slotted spoon or tongs, place the roasted squash rings on a serving platter and then spoon the bacony shallots and all pan juices over them. Taste the yogurt and add more of anything that you like. It should have a subtle tartness from the pom molasses but be well-balanced with the tahini, cinnamon and salt. Spoon the yogurt into the middle of the platter, atop the rings, and then sprinkle the arils, chopped scallions and crumbled bacon over everything. Serve warm or at room temp.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pomegranates